Report: Arsenal 2-1 Leicester

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Danny Welbeck returned from injury to score a last minute winner and keep Arsenal’s title hopes alive.

Leicester’s jammy goit Jamie Vardy had put the Foxes ahead when he fooled referee Martin Atkinson into giving him a penalty in the 45th minute. Monreal was called for a foul in the box after Vardy had kicked the ball out of play to his right and ran left to crash into the Arsenal man. Replays clearly showed Vardy kicking the back of Monreal’s leg but Atkinson pointed to the spot and Vardy dispatched the penalty.

It was Leicester’s League leading eighth penalty goal of the season and 17% of their total goals haul this season have been awarded by the referees.

Even setting aside the penalty, the officials seemed to struggle with this game. In the 9th minute, Arsenal were denied a nailed on stonewall clear-cut obvious unmissable handball in the box by Kanté. That blown call was followed up by several poor offside calls for both teams and then Arsenal were called for three yellow cards for slight fouls. But it was Vardy who was “very clever” to win a penalty and put the Foxes ahead.

The first half, though, saw Leicester make the best chances and once again Petr Cech was there to save Arsenal. Cech saved brilliantly off a Vardy header which was nodded down over Bellerin and then Cech had another save when a wickedly curled Kante shot nearly caught him out.

Wenger was forced to substitute Chambers for Koscielny at half time and the Gunners came out of the tunnel with renewed energy to start. Almost immediately, Ramsey had a shot to start the first half and within three minutes of the restart Leicester’s Danny Simpson picked up his first yellow card.

Mahrez dove in similar fashion to Vardy in the second half, but having already awarded one penalty Atkinson didn’t feel like adding another.

Atkinson did feel like sending a player off and it was Leicester City’s Danny Simpson who got the red card. Replays showed Simpson, already on a yellow, clearly holding Giroud’s arm after the Frenchman had turned him inside out like a tube sock.

Down to 10 men, Leicester went into their shell and Wenger responded with an attacking substitution. Wenger took off Coquelin for Walcott and the gamble paid off. Bellerin played a cross in to Giroud, who nodded the ball down perfectly for Walcott to score.

That was Theo Walcott’s first goal since scoring the winner against Manchester City on December 21st.

As the match wore down, it looked like Leicester might just win a point. Arsenal were looking tired from all of their effort to get back into the game. So, Wenger brought on Welbeck, whose last goal for Arsenal was March 9th 2015 when he scored the winner against Manchester United.

Welbs added some freshness to the Arsenal attack. Almost immediately, Mertesacker had a chance, his glanced header from Özil’s cross just missed the target.

Giroud nodded another ball down, this time to Danny Welbeck but the Englishman couldn’t kick the rust off his legs and his shot fell easily to Schmeichel.

Giroud had a shot moments later but his wicked shot was saved by Schmeichel.

Arsenal were all over them in the final stages. Ramsey had a shot from a Monreal cutback. Walcott had a shot from a Giroud cutback. Leicester were on the ropes.

It looked like it was going to be a classic case of Arsenal leaving it all a bit late when Leicester sub Marcin Wasilewski clattered Monreal on an aerial challenge in the 94th minute. Özil took the free kick and got his delivery inch perfect for Danny Welbeck who simply nodded the ball past Schmeichel.

The Emirates stadium erupted in joy and Welbeck celebrated with the fans in the corner, collecting a yellow from Atkinson for showing his emotions.

In this craziest of seasons, Arsenal are now back within two points of the team that was nearly relegated last season and the title race is back on.

Qq

169 COMMENTS

  1. Wenger can pat himself on the back, two goals scored by his substitutions salvaged a win some horrible, horrible officiating nearly denied us.

    And welcome back Welbeck!

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      • No other team in premier league history has scored more goals in extra time than Arsenal, so we do such things more than anyone else!

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        • Yes but as we all know, stats are bollox. All that says is we’ve scored goqls in extra time, but what was the context? … most likely its been an extra goal to the score, or a goal thats not made a general difference to the result as a whole (i.e being 2-1 up then scoring in extra time to win 3-1).
          The key point the gentleman above you makes is that it was a last minute winner. Something that most of us fans are struggling to remember our team do for quite some time.
          (happy to hear someone point out exactly when the last time we did that actually was)

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        • Well it is our first goal in the 80+ minutes this season I believe (league only) so I’m gonna have to disagree with the Rectum.

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    • The god of soccer fucking lives!!! Leicester deployed all the cheats known in football,on seeing this,the god stepped down from his throne and declared “Fuck this! I’ll handle it” I just recovered from seizure.

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    • Great game, awesome finish. Fantastic result. Just wanted to mention how impressed I was with calumn chambers.

      On as a sub in a massive game and he was awesome. Don’t think he made a single error. A lovely bonus on the back of a great spectacle.

      It’s really made my Sunday.

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      • Yeah Chambers was fucking slick on the ball while he was on the pitch, I had to make sure it wasn’t Cazorla in the centre of defence.

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  2. That’s 3 really, really important points. Leicester have an easier run in, and they’re still two points clear at the top, and they’re a really good team. It’s no accident that they’re top of the table. They have not imploded and they probably won’t all season. They are going to compete for it, and they still might well win it.

    But had we lost today that would have been it for us, let’s face it. 8 points behind with 12 to play would have been a mountain too steep to climb for Arsenal.

    Great persistence from the lads and two inspired substitutions. Come oooooooooooooooooooooooooon!

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    • Wow, was thinking the goal wouldn’t come!!!
      Great from Welbeck, great from the Gunners despite a dodgy ref.
      Hope this pushes us on to win the league!
      Far fewer injuries, lots of winners in the team, we have a chance.

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    • You could be right about them being competitive for the rest of the season, but equally one 3 week injury to Mahrez or Vardy and their season could implode. Their ‘easier run in’ teams could have the defenders that could spend all game kicking them to get that injury.
      Nothing is settled yet this season yet.

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    • Definitely +1 for me. His effort was 100% all match, and that header for Walcott’s goal- oooph, inch perfect. Again. And that goal is what sparked the Gunner’s attack into life. After that is was one way traffic. So for me, he created the pivotal moment in the match, and we won in large part (not entirely) because of that moment.

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  3. Welcome back WELBECK!!! What an incredible game for the ages! I lost my voice but absolutely worth it! Still buzzing!

    I lost all respect for Vardy today. Cheating scum. Call it Karma or whatever you want, but they lost their soul from that dive. Also that Drinkwater tackle on Ramsey was heinous. He should have been sent off.

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    • The Mahrez dive, too, that was completely glossed over by the commentators and yet another thing the ref just simply ignored.

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      • Abosulutely disgusting dive. His smile after not receiving the penalty was equally disgusting. The commentators are a bunch of cunts.

        PS: I watched this game with a Leicester sympathizer (cannot call him a fan) who wouldn’t shut up about how bad Arsenal were and praising the foxes. WE WON!!! GET IN!!!

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    • and don’t forget the non-call when Morgan jumped onto Ozil’s back just before they went down to our end and cheated for the penalty.

      Drinkwater was a red card, but Coq could have had a 2nd yellow for shoving/raising his hands when Mahrez was being subbed. That will cost us in the CL where the refs are less lenient than the EPL.

      Kante handball was ball to hand so we can let that one go, but the ref’s decisions were confusing all day long.

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      • Really? That was as ball to hand as Sanchez yellow, the commentators made me sick up a little with rage when they said it was “too close” to be a pen. FUCK OFF!!!!!!!

        He moved his hand toward the ball . As did Alexis. Alexis was a yellow, Kante’s was a pen!!!!

        Hate to contradict you on such a 3pt day, but the spud result made me cranky……

        COYG!!!!!!!!

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  4. What. a. game. I don’t want no negative shit after that. That game had everything… I’m over the moon. Way too excited right now.

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    • Last season at our place they (Leicester) got away with murder, one of their guys rugby tackled Ospina (remember him) and he lay there getting treatment, there was plenty of rough foul play by Leicester, I was furious.

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  5. I wiped out the dog celebrating the winner…Did a knee slide across the kitchen and nearly knocked myself out. Worth it. Football is all about special moments. That was one.

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  6. Welbz. Played 10 mins. 3 touches. 1 goal. 2 precious points.
    #DatGuyWelbz
    Lets all thank Chelsea and ManU for Cech & WElbz. Lolz

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  7. I have no idea how many times I jumped from my side in the second half. Just great to see the players coming back. I hope Alexis finds his scoring shoes soon and we will be a feared side in no time.

    Also, credit to Arsene for throwing in so many offensive players at the same time. Shows how much we wanted to win and not settle with just a draw.

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  8. Oh man Giroud is a beast that’s unheralded! I am in sunny QLD, Noosa st mum inlawno tv and definitely no epl! thank you arseblog for the live blog!!!COYG!!! Absolutely must win next game now, so Important to go on a run!
    COYG!!! 2016 is still in

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  9. lawno tv and definitely no epl! thank you arseblog for the live blog!!!COYG!!! Absolutely must win next game now, so Important to go on a run!
    COYG!!! 2016 is still in

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  10. That “Clever” Vardy comment from the commentator really annoyed me. If that were Suarez or some other dirty immigrant it would have been called a dive.

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    • was thinking the exact same thing! They always protect their own…reminds me of when they gloss over Young or Rooney when they’re diving.

      In Canada, Spud Andy Townshend was doing the colour commentary. He always hates on Arsenal…

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  11. That Guy Welbz…. Nice game all round…. What the fuck is Henry talking about? Am loosing my respect for him if he keeps talking about my ARSENAL like that. Worth staying inside not going to Kino with my wife on Val´s day… COYG

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    • Henry has taken the Sky money just as he couldn’t wait to take the Barcelona money. At the end of the day, he’s just someone who used to play for us once. It’s us, the fans, that are the club. Ignore these venal pricks and keep the faith.

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      • Well said. The single most important characteristic of a fan is loyalty.

        Leaving for Barcelona and talking shit about the Arsenal is not loyalty, its self interest; just as saying you’re a fan of the club you represented for years where you turned into a millionaire.

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  12. There really is only one story that deserves to be told after that game and it’s the heroic return of Dat Guy. God bless you Welbz!

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  13. i’m sick and tired of this ‘for the neutrals leicester should win the league’, ‘the david vs goliath’
    nonsense. i acknowledge what leicester have done. but call it persecution complex or what you will, arsenal shouldn’t care.

    @arseblog: you’re the godfather of arsenal stardom man, and i mean it, not in a godfatherly sense, but for the fact that i’m typing this and connecting with fellow gooners because of the fact that we have arseblog. however, don’t get me wrong, you could stop lionzing vardy and say you like him how he puts his boots through. did you like it the way he put his legs against monreal today? you;ve seen what he’s capable of today and before when he racially abused people. at the end of the day, football is a really tribal sport, specially for the fans. that’s why we have fan websites like yours. peace out. fuck leicester. fuck vardy. fuckin arsenal.

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    • Exactly! I respect that Vardy has been playing his socks off, as has the team around him but he is a bellend. Or as my highschool headmaster used to say a long time ago: yobo. He’s racist and a cheat. I’m all for getting every bit of advantage you can get in football but today him and Mahrez crossed the line. Diving is pathetic, taking a player on with the sole reason to go down over his leg is cowardly. Danny Simpson as well, f- him. Throttles his missus and then plays the oh my I didn’t do anything when he tugged on Giroud. Drinkwater’s tackle was terrible but he didn’t hurt anyone and I don’t think he had any intention to. (I might be wrong though because I only saw it once in real time).

      Top marks to the team today, they played outrageously well under the circumstances and came away with nothing more than they deserved. Really chuffed for Welbz and hopefully the team rally and kick on.

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  14. That was absolutely amazing. Can’t remember the last time the atmosphere at a game was that fantastic. My almost eleven-year-old daughter declared the winning goal and ensuing celebrations the best moment of her life so far. My work is complete.

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  15. Finally we got over the line through sheer heart and persistence
    I’ve got a feeling the goals might start to flow now, should be an interesting and exciting run in!

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  16. Great last gasp winner from dat guy Welbz! It was such a breathtaking strike from Danny!!! Btw Theo’s goal counted for alot as well.

    Credit to Wenger for making the substitutions. Well appreciated <3

    PS. Penalty awarded to Leicester wasn't even a penalty ffs. Ozil was fouled earlier but the perpetrator was not punished. Awful officiating from Atkinson!

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  17. Huge, huge win and three points, but more importantly I want to see the response from the boys.

    Can we take this momentum and go on our usual Springtime run? We need to find our sharpness in front of goal and instill some swashbuckling swagger in our play now.

    COYG!

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  18. Gunners hunt down the foxes.

    It’s my birthday and my wife and I are booked for a nice lunch. She more than me was praying hard for the victory so I don’t look like I’m in a funeral!

    The best gift I could have asked for 🙂

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  19. COYG! Let’s make this count. Absolutely delighted today. Missed the first half, but what a game. Hurt my wrist celebrating the equalizer. So excited the guys won. Welcome back Welbz…today was pivotal.

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  20. A real 6 pointer….the difference between winning and losing today was 6 points! Hope this is the beginning of one of Theo’s goal scoring spurts!

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  21. Wow, what a finish, in both senses of the word.

    Atkinson was atrocious. The non-foul on Ozil that set up the Kos injury and the “penalty” should not be forgotten in the long list of atrocities the man in yellow committed on the day. From any perspective, Arsenal, Leceister or neutral, to have the ref dominate such an important game was horrendous, even if it did make for a lot of excitement. PS – Anyone know how seriously Kos and Gabriel are hurt? Scary prospect if they’re out for a while.

    Our defense was actually quite stout on the day, and a massive tip of my ten gallon hat to Chambers, thrust into a critical game without much playing time at center half this year against Vardy and he aced it. Kudos also to Bellerin who simply outraced Vardy a few times in 1 on 1 situations. And Cech, I’d say he’s pretty good, eh? Giroud also played well, as did Theo and of course Welbz. For Dat Guy to make such a deft little touch in that situation just back from 10 months out is really storybook. Yes, Ozil put it on a platter for him but how easy would it be to have fumbled the finish under the circumstances? Instead he nailed it. (One last Atkinson thing – how crap is it to give a guy a yellow for celebrating such a massive goal while allowing the red card worthy tackle on Ramsey without even a foul and letting the Foxes get away with murderous time-wasting throughout?)

    Which brings me to the only negative. 24 shots, 6 on target, 2 goals. It’s getting harder to ignore that we have a finishing problem on our hands. Recall 7am Kickoff’s analysis of our finishing rate vs the other top teams. If we finished at the rate of similar teams we’d be running away with this thing. Not sure what’s going on, but we really need to work on it.

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    • Traditionally the opposition keeper (no matter which team) always plays out of his skin against us, so our guys have to really leather the ball which unfortunately often results is hooking or slicing the shot….

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    • Well said. ‘Twas a great game and Welbz did well to keep his head to tuck in the winner after so long out.

      Maybe I’m saying this with the benefit of hindsight but I always thought we’d get a winner; Leicester were on the ropes for so long and we kept pushing and believing.

      I bet there were some great and loud celebrations in Gooners’ houses all over the world! I went a little nuts..

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    • It’s coming. The great goal flood of 2016 as Arsenal rampage to the title.
      Alexis had 3 players on him all day, we need to find another goal outlet … Theo was massive, and Welbz will relish the space … COYG! fucking A

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  22. You’re very biased. I’m an arsenal fan too but write sensibly please. The first three yellow cards were bang on right. Please don’t talk like a United fan, got enough of those.

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  23. Stupid ref. Great finish to the game. Won’t spoil the celebration talking about poor performers. Let’s put our house in the mood and grab that silverware. Hope Koscielny is back soon

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  24. Hope the powers that be have a look at that tacke by Drinkwater on Ramsey and ban the twat for at least 3 games.
    He is lucky he hasnt got another broken leg

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  25. A lot of positives today. Great goals from Walcott and Welbeck. Dramatic ending indeed. If you’re to win the league: some of our players would have to listen to the whistle. A simple clearance if you’re fouled would do. Ozil was guilty of always waiting to hear from that, but these cheats (Referees) won’t bulge. Anyways great win, but let’s be cautious. COYG

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  26. Did that fucking retard of a referee really manage to dish out a yellow to Welbz in the end there!? Well atleast he was a consistent bellend all the way to the final whistle.. And he is Englands representation for this summer!? Wow..

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  27. Played Theo. Despite all the criticism from everyone, he changed the game when he came on. So pleased for Wèle. Stepped up to the plate. Also credit Wenger for subs, what a difference a strong bench makes.

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  28. Even if the much talked about Vardy/Leicester movie comes out, at least it’s not gonna b one of your cliched sports movies where the underdog triumphs despite all the forces in the world trying to hold it back. It’s gotta b about how a team of vile f**ktards conquer the title courtesy of their cunning (the first goal for instance) ways. Lost whatever respect I had for Leicester after the game. Seems like the internet is rooting for the fairytale though. My wall is filled with articles from butthurt pundits and fans about how our win was all about the luck, and how much Leicester deserved to win the game.

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  29. Theo is Arsenal’s big game player. He scored against city,got 2 assists against manu and then, today’s equaliser against Leicester. Btw he didn’t score against the chavs because they simply do not qualify as a “big” club any longer!

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  30. Not enough credit to Özil. He’s made that assist 4 times this season from the same spot. Not enough credit at all to Walcott who everyone has been abusing despite winning it for us at City and turning the tide here.

    This is an amazing victory.

    Wish I could have been there.

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  31. Strange game; strange day.

    We didn’t play particularlly well in that first half but were unlucky to concede a penalty which was a complete joke. Atkinson was a clown. It looked like it wasn’t going to be our day until Simpson stupidly got himself sent off; that changed everything.

    Le Prof deserves respect for making the two substitutions which changed the game. Walcott looked good when he came on and scored a good goal. Then Welbeck scored a teriffic winner from a great Ozil dead ball.

    I still can’t see us winning the title, but we’ve kept ourselves in it with today’s result. And fourth place is now almost certain.

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      • We don’t look like a title-winning side.

        Let’s be honest: had it not been for that brainless foul by Simpson then we would probably have lost. But the big problem now is that we have a nightmare run-in, with away trips to Spurs, Man United, Man City, Everton and West Ham. I can see lots of points being dropped over these last 12 games. The Champions’ League matches will take a lot out of the team too.

        I just pray that Spuds don’t nick it.

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        • I believe if you were a Native American, they would call you “Dark Cloud” because all you do is focus on anything negative you can think about Arsenal. I respect your opinion, but you need to bring some sunshine into your life.

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          • No: I’m a realist who has been let down again and again by Arsenal over the last ten years. This win doesn’t change my view that we are an average side which is, yet again, two or three players short of a title-winning one. And our record of bottling it when the pressure is on leave me with no confidence in the side.

            I still fancy Leicester to win it. They have a very easy run-in, having already played the other top-four sides twice. Plus they don’t have to worry about cup competitions. Every match for them from now on will be like a cup final.

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          • I believe there is a difference between a realist and a pessimist. I’d have to say you are more of a pessimist. And, to call Arsenal “average” is totally unfair. If you want to say they are lacking just a little to reach championship calibre, go ahead. Although I definitely do not agree with you on that, but to call them “average” is way too much. You would have to say the entire top echelon of the BPL is average then.

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        • Saying we are an average side is a high dose of negativity; we are definitely not an average side. If we were average we would not be 3rd in the league (and that’s only because of goal diff.). Whether we are world class is a different debate but everyone would agree that we are not average. We are currently better (and in better form) than Man U, Everton, West Ham, and Man City- all of which I would I fancy us to win against. If we didn’t win this game the entire world would be talking about how we lack the mental strength. It was not the best performance but it was a spirited, well organized, and solid display.

          I prefer to be reservedly optimistic. We have the experience of finishing strong, we have the momentum, and let’s not forget we have Carzola and Wilshere coming back. So, I think we can win the league this year.

          I would say you’re more of a pessimist than a realist, Fats. Just admit it. Nothing wrong with being who you are.

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  32. I’m an 36 year old man and I jumped and screamed and cried from sheer joy! Atkinson, hope that our paths never cross, you count! Even with horrific Sanchez, and weak Ozil, the latter will get a picture on my wall for that assist, the shirt is already framed!

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    • I mean no offense as I agree with what you’re saying… I just want to help you point it out more accurately…more correctly…

      Atkinson is a CUNT, not a count…. and if he was a count the fucktard that gave out titles should be shot

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  33. Wenger’s brilliance and experience showed through today. Adjusted perfectly to the game and made inspired changes. With Carzola and Wilshere nearing returns, we should just about win the title. Walcott silenced his critics and Welbeck made the best return. The boys must be on the most incredible high right now.

    Gooner forever <3

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  34. Arsenal just gave me a wonderful anniversary gift today. My wife and I are married 35 years today and what an incredible gift. My oldest grandson got to my house at 10 minutes to 7am today to watch the game with me. We are both huge Arsenal fans. We were so excited when Welbeck scored the winner that when we went to high-five each other we missed. The only thing that would have made it better is if me, my wife, and grandson were sitting in the Emirates rather than in my living room in Long Island, New York watching the game. I’ve gotten to the Emirates once, on Boxing Day 2014 in a 2-1 victory over QPR. My wife and I brought one of my 3 sons and my daughter-law. Next, we are going to bring our grandson. Thank you Arsenal for making my anniversary a day I will remember for a long long time. COYG!!!!!

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  35. cant remember the last time we did a last gasp winner and attacking subs from AW that actually worked. Wonder if theyll retroactively ban Drinkingwater for that tackle. Crazy match and I thought Leicester were one of the good guys.

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  36. As I have mentioned, much of the issue surrounds our killer instinct in front of goal in recent games.

    We were not any more or less secure with Coquelin on.

    Per played to no further detriment.

    We created plenty of chances against Soton and scored two against Bournemouth which suggest Rammini is not the main problem.

    Rather we needed to be a bit more unforgiving in front of goal.

    Today we got a bit of fortune with the rightful sending off this time in ur favour. But as we all know, that could sometimes make it more difficult for the team with one man up particularly as the other team had nicked a penalty and were ahead.

    Welbeck and Walcott in the end delivered in much thanks to our enabler up top in Giroud and our maestro in Ozil.

    This is the sort of unforgiving finishing we have lacked. Walcott in particular has been sliding into a bit of a rut of late and it is great news to see him back on the score sheet. He is a confidence player and hopefully it will propel him forward.

    But great return by Welbeck. Everyone clamouring for more signings, Leicester is put together for 17m quid combine. Welbeck is 24/25yrs and can kick on to become a phenomenal striker for us with a good balance of Giroud’s physicality and Walcott’s speed.

    We have to keep fighting. Nothing is done yet as they are still a slender lead ahead and Spurs are still hovering. But what a great response. Well done the lads and good calls by the gaffer. Wenger may not know everything but he knows more than most of us.;)

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  37. When Welbeck came on, I was so happy to see him and I prayed so hard for him to score the decisive goal as it would be so deserved, for him being out of action for so long, how manure treated him and as well for his mentality, he’s just a very special guy. Also it seemed like OG, AOC and Alexis did not have much luck in front of goal (Ramsey too). And it happened, he scored, when it looked like the draw is on our hands!! What a fairytale ending, I am sooo happy! World is in balance again, after those defeats to Chelski, we deserved it! COYG!!

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  38. Come the end of the season we will hopefully look back in joy at the wonderful and decisive contributions/combination of Ozil’s left foot and Welbeck’s head on a memorable Sunday afternoon.

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  39. What a game! I am so glad it went our way today. The ref completely messed things up today. It is difficult to ascertain exactly how well our players did today with the sending off. I hope the boys would be able to put up a grand performance in the next league game with Manchester United.

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  40. Monreal is class. Pray Sanchez finds his scoring boot against Barça. Never knew Giroud that amount of fight in him. Mert lack of pace is overrated. Vardy and Mahrez are cheats but Kante is wonderful athlete, I bet he got more than one heart. Thank you Welbeckilinho and Ozists. Cech is class. Calum is rel

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  41. That’s just what the doctor ordered. Vardy and Mahrez can flop, the ref can do all he can to deny us, but our guys overcame all that. We will win the League!!

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  42. popped my knee jumping off the couch in celebration.. fuck it. was worth it now. COYG time to win the league!!!

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  43. ‘already in the garden almost got the goose’ 🙂 Ranieri’s face expression priceless – serves you right Mr Fox especially after that CL quarter final from way back when – you had it coming

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  44. Clattenburg awards pen for sp*rs and judged on that ruling, at least for two times we should’ve got something from that miserable little leicester fan, Atkinson.

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  45. An incredibly important 3 points. How many of us would have said Walcot and Wellbeck would have scored today? A great effort from all.

    I’m still weary as I don’t think we would have won the game if it was 11 v 11. Vardy won that penalty by running into Monreal and there was a clear foul on Ozil in the build up to that.

    Referee Atkinson had a game to forget. We’ve had some real shit refs this season. I hope the FA punish Drinkfoulwater for his disgusting tackle on Ramsey.

    Sp?rs, Man U, Man Shitty will be big games we have to win if we stand a chance. I suppose by April we’ll have a better understanding of what this team is capable of.

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    • Leicester has relied so heavily on using the same starting XI without need for rotation that Simpson and Drinkwater being suspended might throw them off a bit. Can but hope.

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  46. A small typo in the report: Walcott scored first, then Giroud, and Yaya Toure scored late for Man City. So, the winner on December 21 was scored by Ollie, not Theo.

    Also, it seemed like wasilewski fouled Aaron Ramsey, not Nacho Monreal for the award of the free kick leading to the Ozil caviar of an assist on the Welbeck scrumptious goal.

    Feel free to delete this post after correcting the report, but I did enjoy reading the report, especially the sarcastic irony about the diving cheats who got outfoxed.

    COYRRG

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  47. It’s often hard to not have sympathy for someone who has tried so very hard… given it their best every second of the game… never allowing one single chance pass them by to try to turn things their way… the infallible heart and optimism…the will to do anything to try to achieve the result they want…

    But sometimes it’s just not possible… and that’s what Atkinson have to try to focus on tonight… not the though “could I have done more?” but to accept t hat sometimes…despite your best effort… you simply cannot get the result you desire…

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  48. You know, after the fact I think Atkinson did a much better job than he’s getting credit for.

    Obviously it was a mistake not to give Ozil a free before the Vardy pen, and I have to assume he didn’t see the Drinkwater challenge as that was a nailed-on red if he did see it.

    The Vardy pen was a really tough call to make in real time. Neutrals divided on it even with replays. Hard to blame him too much for falling for it.

    To his credit he was very consistent on yellow card offences. Coquelin got booked for intentionally fouling a forward who was past him, and Simpson got the same after already seeing that the ref was cracking down on fouls being used to disrupt attacks. Too many refs bottle it and let guys on a yellow get away with bookable offences.

    He also got the Mahrez pen call right, and to me the Kante pen call was also right. I wouldn’t want an Arsenal player to be penalised for that kind of ball to hand.

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    • Spot on Arky.

      Naysayers should look at Clattenberg’s performance where he gave a penalty against Sterling and awarded Sp#rs a penalty. No way was that a pen!

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    • Did Mahrez get a card for diving?
      If not then the ref fucked up.
      The 3 worst refs are Dean, Atkinson and Taylor (although there’s a few others very close behind).

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  49. Huge win for us yesterday. I just hope that this sparks us into title winning form until the end of the season.

    On a sidenote, what is up with Mark Clattenberg’s hair? Also Sp#rs should never have had that penalty awarded.

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